On the week of October 4, 2013, administration officials at Lindhurst High School decided to implement a ban which terminated the M.E.Ch.A. student organization from school. By doing so Lindhurst High School has blatantly denied Chicana and Chicano students an opportunity to extend and enhance their study of curriculum subjects, focusing on democracy, civil rights, equality, discrimination and diversity with an eye toward the perspectives of Chicanas and Chicanos. In denying the club recognition, Marysville Joint Unified School District, Lindhurst High School & Bob Eckardt, Principal of Lindhurst High School, have trampled on students' first amendment rights of speech and expressive association.
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To that end, students, parents and community have retained the services of the Law Offices of James P. Segal Gutierrez. At 9am, attorney James P. Segal Gutierrez will file the claim for damages at the Marysville Joint Unified School District. This will be followed by a short march to Lindhurst High School for the 10am press conference and picket, where it will be publicly announced that the law has filed the claim for damages for violations of denying freedom of speech, expression and assembly on behalf of the student members of the campus student organization - the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (MEChA) Lindhurst High School chapter.
The Law Offices of James P. Segal Gutierrez on behalf of the student members of MEChA of Lindhurst High School sent a letter to both Principal Bob Eckardt and Superintedent Dr. Gray Todd a month ago on December 5, 2013 outlining several basic demands to avoid entering into a legal battle. The demands were; allow MEChA to meet on school grounds, access to their funds, the implementation of more conducive environments for Chicana and Chicano learning. Thus far, the administration has not responded and now students and community will proceed with entering into a legal fight to secure their rights.